What is Parachute Mobile

Parachute Mobile is a unique combination of ham radio and skydiving. Over the last nine years our volunteers have completed 35 missions providing a fun and exciting new way to experiment with ham radio and other technical projects. The concept is simple: the skydiver opens his canopy as soon as he exits the plane and uses the altitude to his advantage and conducts simplex contacts. Kind of like a SOTA without the Summit. Starting off at approximately 13,000 feet in the air has been quite beneficial. But we don’t stop there!  So that our listening audience can live vicariously, they can follow each skydiver via APRS and through live streaming video. We conduct 2 meter and 20 meter jumps. And if that’s not enough, EchoLink and Allstar contacts are now able to be made as well! Mission specific QSL Cards are sent out for all contacts made. We are always trying to find new projects and ideas we can incorporate within the small payload we have available.

 


Mission 37 QSL cards are in the mail

Sorry about the delay. If you are expecting a QSL card from us and it does not arrive in about a week, let us know.  Email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com.  There were a few busted calls so unfortunately we didn’t get everyone that may have made a contact.


Call Sign fill needed

During Mark’s HF jump he made QSOs with two DX stations, but unfortunately we need a fill on their call signs. The first one is N2F?Y from New York and the second one we believe to be AE9JQY, or something close to that. If you recognize those calls let us know. Email us at skydivinghams@gmail.com.


Mission 37 is complete!

Thank you to all those that participated in Mission 37. After some technical issues in the morning we finally got things rolling. Three successful jumps! We would have had a fourth but the winds got to high.

If you made a contact with a skydiver, then please email us at skydivinghams@gmail.com.  Please indicate which jumper it was, and the time of your contact.  As soon as we find that perfect picture we’ll get your QSL card out to you. Make sure your address on QRZ.com is good.

It’s break time. The skydivers and crew will be taking a fall/winter break.  Look for Mission 38 sometime around April, 2020.  Continue to check in once in a while and follow us on Facebook.


Mission 37 coming soon, UPDATED 10-17-19

UPDATE:  Here is the Live Steaming Video Link https://video.ibm.com/channel/N3MMeufqbcL

If you’re attending Pacificon we’ll have our information table set up and staff ready to answer questions.  Monitors will be available so that you can watch the live video coming from the Drop Zone and from the air.  A GOTA station will be available so you can make a QSO!  Look for us in the hallway just inside the patio doors.

We hope to have our first jump between 10 and 11 A.M.  Our Parachute Control (Net Control) will be situated on Mount Diablo providing updates and answering question all day long.  Listen in on 146.430 MHz simplex.  Updates will also be mode on the W6CX repeater, 147.060 +100.  Too far away?  Listen in on our EchoLink node, NE6RD-L.  On mission day well will also provide updates right here throughout the day.  Sorry, AllStar will not be available for this Mission.  We will post the URL for our Live Streaming Video as soon as it is activated so be sure to check back later.

Since our target audience will be the conventioneers at Pacificon, the first round of QSOs will be from our GOTA station at the Marriott Hotel.  Once those contacts are complete the jumper will open it up to everyone else.  Please listen to the instructions from Parachute Control prior to each jump.

If you make a contact with a skydiver be sure to email us at skydivinghams@gamail.com so we can make sure you get your QSL card.  Please make sure the address on your QRZ page is correct.

Have you ever wanted to skydive?  Bay Area Skydiving is offering tandem jumps, with video and photos, for only $229.  That’s a $99 saving.  Book your jump at bayareaskydiving.com and enter Voucher Code PM2019 at checkout.  If for some reason the code does not work, make your reservation, and once at the Drop Zone mention Parachute Mobile.  Feel the freedom of free fall and the spectacular view starting from 13,000 feet.


Happy Birthday

A Big thanks to all our volunteers and to those that have participated throughout the years.


QSL Cards have been mailed

Mission 36 QSL cards have been mailed.  If you’re expecting one and don’t see it soon please Email me at KC6TYD@gmail.com.

Our next mission will be October 19, 2019 in conjunction with Pacificon.

-Rob, KC6TYD

Team Coordinator